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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Newsletter January and February 2008

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter January — February 2008

Compiled by Annetta Kapon
See also the current newsletter and the newsletter archive.



In January 2008 Graduate Fine Arts inaugurated the HOLE-IN-THE-WALL GALLERY located in the El Segundo Campus and directed by graduate faculty ANNETTA KAPON. The first exhibition features the work of Otis senior FLORA KAO, titled "Lines of Desire." The exhibition ran from January 14 to February 29, 2008.

Grad faculty JOHN KNIGHT had a three-person exhibition "je préférerais ne pas…" curated by Michèle Lachowsky & Joël Benzakin at Xavier Hufkens Gallery in Brussels, Belgium from 17 January – 23 February 2008. http://www.xavierhuflens.com   KNIGHT also has a solo exhibition called COLD CUTS curated by Michèle Lachowsky & Joël Benzakin at Espai d' art contemporani de Castello, in Spain from January 25 to April 27, 2008.

Graduate faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS and alums JACOB MELCHI'03 and JEFFREY VALLANCE '81 were included in LA- A Select Survey of Art from Los Angeles, curated by Cathy Stone and David E. Stone at The Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento from January 10 through February 24, 2008.http://www.ccasac.org

Alum ERIC MEDINE '06 gave a lecture on game controller hacking and did video mixing at the MG fest in Chicago from January 15-January 21, 2008.

Alum MATT MACFARLAND '03 had a one-person show called "Die, My Dear? Why that's the last thing I'll do!" at Sea and Space Explorations in Los Angeles from January 12 -Febuary 2, 2008. http://www.seaandspace.org

Alum KATHRIN BURMESTER '07 was included in the group show People at Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York from January 17 to February 23, 2008.

Graduate faculty CAROLE CAROOMPAS was in SOME PAINTINGS: THE 2007 LA WEEKLY ANNUAL BIENNIAL curated by Doug Harvey at Track 16 Gallery from January 12, 2008 - February 16, 2008. Two articles including CAROOMPAS'S work in "Some Paintings" have appeared in LA Weekly, January 11-17th, and January 18-24th editions.  CAROOMPAS also appeared in the January Issue of Artillery Magazine's "Roll Call." 

Graduate faculty CAROLE CAROOMPAS participated in the group show "Apocalypse Yesterday" curated by David Pagel from January 22 - February 22, 2008 at Claremont Graduate School Art Gallery.

Alum ZEAL HARRIS '07 was in "The Future of Nations: Patriot Acts" curated by Linda Pollack from January 24 to March 28, 2008 at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. A detail of her most recent painting, "Devil's Rejects", was featured in the LA Times Calendar (The Guide)on January 24th, 2008.http://www.latimes.com/.../la-gd-art24jan24,1,4107244.story?

Alum TAMI DEMAREE '03 has a solo exhibition titled Half an Inch of Water and I Think I’m Gonna Drown at Steven Wolf Gallery in San Francisco from February 7 - March 15, 2008.

Alum ROB FAUCETTE '05 wrote, voiced, and produced 'Ghost Train', which aired on Tuesday, January 29th 2008 on The Amy Radio Show, broadcast from Vienna, Austria in conjunction with Image and the City on 94.0 FM and also available on the web.  With alum TERRA KURODA '06 he wrote, performed and produced the show entitled "The Future is Over" which is found on his website at Robfaucette.com. and http://o94.at/live/

Alum VALERIE TYMOCZKO '04 installed two temporary public sculptures called "Proposition to Fly" at Santa Monica Airport Park. The exhibition will be up for 6 months.

Alum SABINE DEHNEL '01 has a one-person show called elsewhere / ailleurs at Galerie Esther Woerdehoff in Paris, France from February 8 to March 29, 2008. www.ewgalerie.com.

Alum CHRIS ROWLAND '00 is showing his work at Paulina Miller Gallery in Arizona from February 1st to March 21st 2008.

Grad CHIP MCDANIEL is in the group exhibition "Monotypes: Art Under Pressure" at USC Hillel Art Gallery from February 10 to March 7, 2008.

Alum ED GOMEZ is showing his work in AMERICANista from March 1 - 30, 2008 at LA Artcore Brewery Annex.

Graduate faculty ANNETTA KAPON will show her video work in "Digital Media" taking place in Valencia, Spain  between April 17  and May 18 2008. http://www.lasalanaranja.com/digitalmedia/

Grads MELISSA HERRINGTON, ALEX KROLL AND BARRY OSBOURN had their MFA solo shows in the Bolsky Gallery in January and February.

The STATION Collective (comprised of Alums MICHELLE ANDRADE '07, LORENZO HURTADO-SEGOVIA '07, ADAM MARS '07, TUCKER NEEL '07, and JOHN WESTON '07) will have an exhibition at EL NOPAL PRESS (109 W 5th St. Los Angeles, CA 90013) from March 13th through April 13th 2008. Opening Reception Thursday March 13th, 5-9pm. In conjunction with the exhibit, Station is also publishing a portfolio comprised of one work by each of the five artists, in an edition of 25.